Most people will have the occasional bout of bad breath, caused by eating certain foods. This is not an issue, but persistent bad breath can indicate dental or general health problems and does require investigation. If you do have bad breath, it is a good idea to book an appointment for a check-up with our dentist. He will be able to diagnose any dental problems such as tooth decay or gum disease that may be causing this issue and can recommend suitable treatments. Bad breath is sometimes caused by dry mouth, a condition called xerostomia and where insufficient saliva is produced to keep the mouth fresh and clean. If this is an issue then we can recommend various ways to deal with the problem, including the use of artificial salivas.
Professional dental cleanings remove hardened plaque or tartar from teeth which helps to freshen up breath. We can provide oral hygiene instruction to improve your dental care at home, as thoroughly removing plaque and food debris will help keep your breath more pleasant.
If we cannot find any cause for your bad breath then we will recommend you visit your doctor, as bad breath or halitosis can indicate certain medical conditions. Your doctor can carry out tests to see if this is the case.